Inslee pauses non-urgent medical procedures, deploys National Guard to Washington hospitals

Inslee is also dedicating resources to make it easier to discharge patients to long-term care facilities and asking retired healthcare workers to temporarily return.

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday he is deploying the Washington National Guard and putting a pause on non-urgent medical procedures to help alleviate the strain on hospitals, many of which are at or over their capacity to treat patients. 

Washington’s health care system was overburdened before the omicron surge, and COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased by 75% in recent weeks. The state currently has over 2,000 hospitalizations across the state. COVID-19 patients make up 18% of all hospitalizations and 22% of

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